Neil Adams - Ricky van Wolfswinkel does not deserve to be a Norwich City scapegoat

Norwich City striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel was substituted before the hour mark in a 4-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel was substituted before the hour mark in a 4-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, April 28, 2014
7:00 AM

Ricky van Wolfswinkel cut a frustrated figure as he was substituted at Old Trafford but Neil Adams insists it would be wrong to turn Norwich City’s club-record signing into a scapegoat.

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The Dutch international has scored one Premier League goal in 25 appearances since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, but Adams opted to start with him in favour of Gary Hooper. The City chief replaced the striker with Johan Elmander just before the hour mark but Adams felt the visitors’ fitful attacking play had done little to help van Wolfswinkel’s cause.

“I played Ricky because we had identified we could cause United some problems down the sides and in behind those centre backs,” he said. “We felt Ricky gave us more movement than Gary Hooper, who got the goal against Liverpool. I don’t feel we got enough of that.

“I wouldn’t single one player out. We live and die as a team and we didn’t cause them enough problems.”

Wayne Rooney’s brace took his league tally to 17 for the season, with Adams accepting his curled second shortly after the restart proved to be the defining moment.

“The killer blow was really the second goal,” he said. “We didn’t really learn the lesson from the previous week when (Raheem) Sterling scored from a similar distance. We have to get closer and shut down those type of players; instead he got a shot away and then it is really tough. It is disappointing to let someone of Wayne Rooney’s class get a strike in because people like that can hurt you and he is capable of doing that.”

• City academy striker Jamar Loza has returned to the club after scoring one goal in seven loan appearances at League Two promotion hopefuls Southend United.

Shrimpers’ boss Phil Brown confirmed he had tried to extend the frontman’s stay with Jacob Murphy still on loan at Roots Hall.

“Jamar made a big impact during his time with us, but he has returned to Norwich who feel he can play a part for their first team between now and the end of the season,” said Brown. “We would have loved to have kept him here until the end of the season, but I’d like to wish him the very best for the future, and thank him for his efforts during his time with the club.”

The 19-year-old had previous loan stints earlier this season at League One duo Coventry City and Leyton Orient, but was not involved in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Fleetwood which confirmed Southend’s play-off place.

59 comments

  • @ Mattias Only big strong non-defensive players in our squad are Fer and Elmander (and maybe Guttierez). I think we should try Fer as target man (good strength and good touch) and Hooper, Snodgrass and Howson to feed off of knock downs and flick throughs off of him.

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    jops

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • I've been told by a FC Porto supporter they'll take anything over 3 mil for him. I add as a caveat that he could be winding me up..

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • What would be interesting to know is, how much has the board earned and received individually in English pound notes since NCFC got promoted to the Premier League !!! Who would know if that is possible to find out ?

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    Colby Army!

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • If NA cannot see Hooper is way ahead of Wolfswinkel as a striker in English football,a question mark instantly arises. I don't blame Wolfswinkel, the blame lies entirely with the manager and his scouts.He has two weaknesses which anyone who knows football should easily spot. He is physically not strong enough and his first touch for an 8million pound player is way off what you would expect. What Hooper must think about his treatment ,having to watch someone well out of his depth,played week after week could well not be printable!!!! Bits and pieces is no good to any striker and that is all Hooper has been given!!! Big apologies are required to him. If he is prepared to stay next year in the Championship he would get you 2530 goals. Season ticket holder but Norwich are not my team.

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    AGT

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Let me throw a scenario to you all that maybe hasn't crossed many peoples minds. Maybe CH never truly wanted RVW unless he got a midfielder who could play passes through midfield and over the top to his strengths. And maybe the board promised him that type of midfielder and then didn't deliver on that promise. Just food for thought

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    GPL

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Are The Dutch Toe Stubber + Elmander actually professional footballers? Or are they just random blokes who happened to be wandering past The Carra + were asked in to make up the numbers for a 5-a-side game? Both pathetic, couldn't hit a cow's ars* with a banjo + have enjoyed very comfortable lifestyles on the backs of ordinary City fans, some of who are on the minimum wage. Absolutely contemptible the pair of them.

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    Timbo

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Neil don't be mr nice guy you will never get the best out of your team ,how can you defend him ,one goal is not good is it.........it's often been said In the past that players that came to Norfolk fell into a laid back style of play perhaps it is still so.

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    Norfolk Boy

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • For me there's one phrase that sums up RVW - big girls blouse! A complaining, lightweight, overpaid premadonna with a completely unjustified high opinion of himself.

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    Chris Lansdell

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Never mind going to the game, I sweat more turning on the radio than Wolfswinkle does in 90 minutes. An embarrassment to the shirt. Hang you head young man. If you had weighed in with a mere 10 goals this season we wouldn't be where we are. I could say something rude but how about 'go away Ricky and rob another club of a very good and undeserved wage!'

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    baguio

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • If RvW does get sold in the summer to a Championship team you can bet your life he will find his goal scoring touch when he plays Norwich.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • RvW's problem is not about getting the service. When he is presented with a chance he can't hit the target. He is far worse than 'barn door' Bendtner, as he is dubbed at the Emirates. £8.5M investment for one goal return, should ask for our money back under the sale of goods act as being not fit for purpose.

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    Dobro

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Morgan I have heard that the winters are pretty grim in Finland. It leads to some sort of syndrome like bipolar disease hence they have one of the highest suicide rates in the World. FINN used to be a reasonable comment maker, but as the Brew would say, he sounds like he as been bitten by a poisoned serpent at the moment.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • It is a recognised fact that the top strikers bully and scare defenders. If he is to flourish in the UK RVW will have attend the Grant Holt strikers school on a second point, in the last 2 seasons strikers who have not delivered have been shipped out! Morrison, Martin, Vaughan .... Need I go on?? All 3 did better than RVW, and to be honest, Hooper as well! We recognise that Hughtons style and coaching destroyed strikers , which is why Holt couldn't wait to go. We can dump RVW or give him a chance next season ( if he stays) on balance I say give both of them a chance

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • yes lets sell RVW to another side and watch him score 15-20 goals next season, probably at a higher level than City will be playing at. strikers are only as good as the service they get. No striker I can think of has looked the part at Norwich for the last 2 seasons. I seem to remember we had a 17 league goal striker before Hughton came but he became so disaffected by the style and service of Hughtons team he left.Did not Hughton let a local lad leave,whose goals this season have put Derby into the play offs and he may be in the premier next season.Another Hughton reject .I doubt that Mr Hughton would know how to play a good striker if he saw one.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Little Yellow Birdie. Hyperbole- "the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device". I have reread all my posts and seen no exaggeration. Please let me know which bits you find "absurd" ? Perhaps you could contribute something towards the debate about the state of Norwich City Football Club?

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • FINN BLUE - Imagine a world without the EDP Norwich City forums, what would you do with your free time? Do you think you would just stand there... Like stand there and watch the clouds in the sky and dream of so much more of brave new world? I'm curious because you don't seem to have a whole bunch to do bar make irrelevant quips on here. And that makes me sad. Maybe you could help out during the day at a local Barnados?

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • That's right he should a front runner for player of the season . One Goal pony.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • No need to name an individual player in the City team, it has been obvious for months that hardly any of the team are up to Premiership level as players.

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    goldie

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Beyond all the superfluous wordsstats - Ricky was quite simply sh!te. If you're a striker you must score goals to appease the fans. He didn't do this so I feel we can scapegoat away. Ricky, if you're reading this, you were sh!te all season. E- Shows complete lack of attention to detail and has difficulty in finishing. I hope he's not like that in the bedroom otherwise his better half is also as sorely disappointed as we have been. I wonder who'll buy him...

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • On the basis that RVW has not been on target, not inspired others to attack, and not created significant opportunities for others, he must expect people to question whether he has real value to the club. The manager is correct only, in that, there are also a few others who appear insufficiently fit, or able, or who do not understand the impact of their seasons collective efforts on the supporters. Neil Adams should not be defending the players at this stage. With Hughton gone, this is the time for the manager to concentrate on building a team of the competent , fit and willing, and to dispose quickly ( and unfortunately cheaply) of those who show no hope. There were signs of effort and determination by some against Man U but RVW contributed little, and the only shame regarding his substitution is that it did not happen earlier. It was also sad to note that some good defending was spoiled by a total inability to identify a pass unless it went backwards, not helped of course by the lack of a real target man, on the day.

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    Union Jack

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Having looked at the video of his goals in Portugal and the space he was given to run into I predicted on this site before the season that Rvw would not cut the mustard at Premiership level.Sadly I have been proved right He has been tried alongside Elmander and still been innocuous.There is a petulant side to him when subbed which shows he has an inflated opinion of himself.On the occasions when he has the chance to run at defenders (one against Man U) he bottles it.Admittedly with the Hughton tactics there has not been great support for the front men but when he has had easy chances he has missed them.If he goes (and he must)we shall lose out heavily on the fee but at least save on his wages.

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    irongloves

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • By the way EDP can we please have a reprint of all those predictions from your panel of so called experts who predicted those results that would see us stay up? Please let's all have a good laugh at their expense in these dismal times

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Poodleswinkle and hooper both too frail for PM. Remember 1st season when the horse and Steveo bullied the opposition-also both had a better touch on ball. I agree dont scapegoat our current forwards, the board needed new manager 1 month b4 transfer deadline the new manager could have weeded the garden and found some decent strong attackers. Adams could give Bechio a try, but thats also unlikely to work.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I think his mental approach is wrong. He's not a fighter and he's used to having things go his way. He can't be completely to blame though. Sure, if all the strikers we've had were scoring except him then ok but: Holt, Kane, Elmander, Hooper, Wolfswinkle, Kamera, (plus Morison but he wasn't great under PL either) - not one has set the world alight under Hughton. Plus he sold Jackson, Vaughn, Holt. Pilks's final ball has not become, Snodgrass's passing has gone backwards, Set pieces have been awful. Snodgrass' vice is he like to beat everyone and score. It causes the strikers issues and we loose the ball too much - yet it's also been the only way we've actually managed to score - through Snograss' unpredictability!

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    Dan

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • There have been two major factors in your downfall this season and they are .1. CH should have been sacked before the new year and 2. What you really needed is a top class midfielder who could create a defence splitting pass.Dont blame your two expensive strikers,they are top draw,but remember they are only as good as the service they get.This has been our trouble all season,but then we don't have the money you have.It's ok some of you shouting about an easy six points IF you get relegated but it don't work like that.You have to be realistic, ie; who will leave and can you better what you have.Will the players be up to it,look how other teams struggle when relegated.IT's just a shame we are not playing you in the prem.Dont get too down remember is only a game of football,there are worse things happening in the world.!

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    brisie58

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I personally feel Hooper will 100% be here next season in the championship. While he & RVW have not suited the lower half premier league sides style if were as strong as we should be next season I can see him being lethal. Same for RVW to be fair although I get the feeling should any option to go come up he will jump at the chance to get away from us. Im not against RVW staying though because If were looking to make a statement of intent, get the right leader and play as if were the big dogs in the championship we should be fine and he & hooper should score plenty of goals. Especially when you look at the likes of Ings and Vokes at Burnley, Austin at QPR etc....Hooper & RVW are better than them. The difference is Hooper & RVW are stuck at a side who more often than not are on the back foot against bigger sides and there for not creating chances where those players need them. I dont see Ings scoring for fun in the premier league simply because Burnley wont be creating as many chances in the areas they have in the championship. Easier said than done though as theres alot more chance we will fade off into mid table than instant promotion back to the premier league. Fingers crossed.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Unfortunately the fox in the box type player is becoming increasingly extinct in the EPL. No longer can you afford to have one player who contributes little, fails to close down and doesn't hold the ball up. I feel when we play with RVW up front on his own it's like playing with 10 men. Add Hooper to the mix as well then we may as well plant 2 trees if we play both him and RVW together. Paying £8m for a striker on the strength of some Youtube videos clearly having not seen him play or consider how we integrate him with our so called creative players was utter lunacy. That said don't be surprised if he's still here next season!

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    Bookface

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • He deserves to be criticised. He is one of a number of non performing players this season. He earns more than most of us do in a year in one week and does very little for it. We are too kind. He is not going to come good. He is too lightweight. Everywhere else Hughton went he signed a massive target man. For some reason he didn't at NCFC. No-one to hold the ball up so it comes back at us. Simple really. A seasoned Championship target man (G. Holt?) should be first name on our list next year. Let's stop defending this dross, ship them out and build again with players who actually want to be here. The sooner the better. We have to hit the ground running not carry these wimps next year.

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    suffolkcanary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • How utterly disappointing stuff from Adams. Whether you call RVW a scapegoat or not; he has of course not delivered at all what was expected of him. Probably best if he and Fer was offloaded and we could get a nice sum that could be reinvested in some other prospects. I am sure they are both quality players, but they have not contributed at all for City this season.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • If he hadn't cost so much there wouldn't be so much fuss. I too believe Hughton missed out on an unknown target man and had to turn to Elmander late on. But he had all Summer, and when things don';t go Hughton's way, he does not know what to do. So he played like we had a decent target man when we conspicuously didn't.

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    el dingo

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Maybe not a scapegoat on his own but he has certainly played his part. As for not adjusting to the team he is playing for surely a player costing £8 should have the ability to adapt.(Sorry I meant £8 million). Having studied him closely over several weeks I consider the one thing that does quite well is spit - he seems to have quite a repertoire.

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    VictorM

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • RVW deserves all the criticism aimed his way. Not only did he sulk after being subbed, during the game he argued with Adams when given instructions from the touchline! At the final whistle he scurried off the dressing room and never acknowledged the fans at all – disgraceful!

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    AJB

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • In summing up then Hughton had a totally flawed strategy which was to play one up front and 5 in midfield. So what he needs is a target man like Holt to hold the ball up. What he actually does is sell Holt and buy 2 supposed goal poachers who are not target men and really only suited to playing off target men with 2 up front. Such a complete nonsense was bound to fail as I predicted last summer despite all the happy clappers on here predicting a mid table finish. We now have to be realistic with the current squad the Championship is going to be very tough.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Ok Matt but you did say "we have to accept a year of loses with the wages", I remember McN saying that a reduction was written in the contracts if relegated. Some big decisions have to be made during the summer months.

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    sharky

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Agree TK, Totally. Been trying to get my head round it for months on here and at the games with friends etc. Makes you wonder whether the signings of RVW and Hooper were down to him or the club? While it still wouldnt have pleased most fans (like it didnt please Brum or Newcastle fans) it would have likely got more results had he got the target man he managed to find for his past clubs. Sharky in reference your post I dont believe for a 2nd the players will be on the same money in the championship. Everyone knows they have clauses that mean a reduction should we go down but they'll still be on a lot for championship wages. Its just structured so it doesnt cripple the club provided we get immediate promotion.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Matt, I understand what you say with regard to a target man, but given that CH rarely wanted to start with two up front, why did he therefore waste so much money on two No 10's. Likewise, given that Elmander quickly demonstrated that he was not up to Premiership standard, why did CH not have a decent target man lined up for the Christmas window. It was so obvious what was needed but we simply failed miserably to solve the issue. All decent managers should have a list of players they would like to fill a particular roll, each of those players should be told they are the number one target, in fact we should have brought two in during the transfer window rather than one whereas we simply brought in an old centre half and an equally old slow left winger.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • kenfoggo, your vitriolic hyperbole is reaching new levels of absurdity.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I,m surprised that some people here think that our players will be on the same salary when we are relegated. No way!!! Target Man, Target man, Target man. Its the only way

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    sharky

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Agree entirely with Mattias' comments regarding RVW. In addition our build up play has been far too slow this season, allowing the opposition to organise themselves and pack the defence before we get the ball into the box, which has also been of an inconsistent quality. On the contrary if our style had been free-flowing this season, with the ability to move the ball quickly and attack with pace then I suspect RVW would have bagged a dozen or so goals. The same applies to Hooper.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Im still convinced Elmander was 2nd choice after we failed to get whoever was our no1 choice as target man. Hughton had faults but he wasnt thick. He knew to make his tactics even remotely work he needed a target man. At Birmingham & Newcastle he had a target man an despite not being easy on the eye the tactics work to a degree. Im convinced Hughton missed out on who ever that target man may have been and opted for a loan deal for Elmander as thats all that was out there.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Spot on Mattias. Target man was what Elmander was for and what Holt should have stayed for.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • canary kid : Ha ha ha ha, Still laughing at that comment! QPR, Blackburn, Reading have got far better players than your lot thats for sure, and they have struggled to "win the chanmpionship at a canter" as they also thought it would be easy. You lot are in for a rude awakening when you visit CC clubs next season. As for that £28m youve spent . What an utter joke of a squad you have. You dont get much for £28m these days it seems. .....Premier Legaue ? ...."yer 'avin a laugh"!

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    Liz Knott

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Mattias. 'Appoint someone to take us to mid championship' I thought that was why the Board appointed CH two years ago. It must surely be only in view of that reason having watched them play this season. Now that their strategy is going according to plan I don't understand why they fired him.

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    Canterbury Tales

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I'll tell you what im really keen to see. What stance will our board take in view of next season in the Championship. Will they take the attitude that nobody is leaving (unless an insane offer comes in) and we will just accept a year of making losses due to the wage bill but with the aim of we MUST get promoted at the first attempt.....or will they take the attitude of "its a hard league to get out of" and play it safe shifting anyone on big wages (I.E - RVW, Fer etc...). If they take the attitude McNally normally takes of "nobody is leaving blah blah blah"....I'm excited to see how the likes of Redmond, RVW, Hooper do in the Championship where hopefully we will be viewed as the big dogs for a change and able to push on and be a bit more creatively free. RVW & Hooper etc....will largely be in the opposition area more unlike the Premier League where we are destined to see them having to drop deep and look totally lost. Put it this way Danny Ings wont be getting half the chances in the box he has this year for Burnley in the Premier League. Chances are he will look similar to RVW or Hooper. The hope is in the championship we will be able to show our quality and the "attacking" ones and most sides will try shut up shop against us. Obviously this isnt a given because our board could appoint someone negative but with the right appointment we could and its a massive 'could' come straight back up. Soo many ifs and buts though because chances are we will lose a fair few of our better players. Let me just say though the previous comments are by no means me saying I want to be in the championship. Premier Leagues the only place to be in my eyes and ive seen far to many home & away games in the championship. Deep down I know if we go down its far more likely we will spend 12 years in that league rather than 12 months. Im just interested to see what viewpoint the board takes, gamble on an immediate return to the PL and keep as many people as possible despite the big wages, or play it the old fashioned NCFC way and go conservative, sell our best players and appoint someone no thrills to manage the side and drift off into midtable of the championship.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • My first reaction upon reading this headline was that Neil Adams is shooting himself in the foot with this claim. Although I agree with Matt in that RVW is a typical old fashioned No 10 fox in the box, I think he has been given a fair number of decent chances in recent games and has seriously failed every time. Michael Owen was a similar No 10 type player, would anybody have expected him to totally fluff the glorious chance RVW had against Liverpool, whereby he was give the ball some 30 yards out from goal with acres of space around him but did not even get a shot away, let alone run at goal with the ball and give it a go, instead he almost fell over the ball and scuffed it towards a retreating opponent. I am sure he will return to Europe and score goals in a different style of football but one thing is for sure, he is not up to Premierhip quality and is not strong enough for Championship football next season. We simply have to cut our losses and wage bill by off loading this mistake.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Fail to see how RVW is meant to be our target man. Anyone who watched any of his games at Lisbon know he wasnt a target man. Hes a fox in the box like Hooper.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Scapegoat? 1 goal all season? He was supposed to be our "Samaras", the target man that freed up Hooper to poach goals .... instead he has had about as much presence as a ghost. Here is an idea that would have sounded barking mad last summer ... now it just seems so obvious. We should have kept Grant Holt and he would have given the front line a bit of bite and presence, acted as the true 'leader' in the changing room and probably get us 10 goals over the season. If by some stroke of luck he had managed manage to play all 38 games, we could have afforded to pay him £50K per appearance and he would still have worked out £6.6M cheaper than RVW. To be honest Wolfie looks scared of Prem League centre backs and he certainly doesnt inject any fear or nervousness in them. I am pretty sure when Ryan Shawcross, Tim Cahill, Nemanja Vidic, Wes Brown, Jonas Olson, Martin Skrtel etc see his name on the teamsheet they know they are in for a quiet afternoon. he will be first out of the door in the summer and I cant say he will be missed. I am more worried that our relegation will mean we lose John Ruddy, Nathan Redmond, Anthony Pilkington, Robert Snodgrass and probably Wes too.

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The ultimate responsibility for the failure of Norwich City to stay in top flight football must fall at the feet of the Norwich City board full stop. We've all heard it before shoulder, woulder, coulder, too late now. Chris Houghton in all honesty should have done the right by the club and resigned when they lost to Luton ( a non League side ) in the FA cup last season

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    KP

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Next season we wil championship winners with hooper and wolfe getting 50 plus goals in total.This year was a writ off,all due to two men CH and Mc Nilly. Dont forget city fans are city till they die and even in the after life they will support them.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Ok, its RVW fault we supply no through balls, its RVW fault we create 1 half chance a game in the box? Good player, totally wrong team to sign for.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The Wolf of Berr Street. Earning a fortune out of our club by selling a dodgy product - ie, himself.

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    DT

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • He deserves every single criticism. The most expensive failure in the club's history. He is weak and his commitment level is low. There's no way he should be starting our next two games. Hooper doesn't look much of a better bet, but would be helped by Elmander working for him. I'd even start a youth striker over RVW. Would probably have more body strength.

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    DT

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • They've started asking for player of the season! I think Grant Holt must be favorite.

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    b arclay

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I agree with Neil Adams to an extent. Wolfswinkel has had a torrid season in front of goal, but almost all of it was due to playing under Hughton. I admit he's hardly sparkled in the last three games and I think we'd of done better starting with Hooper, but I think a new manager can reignite his fire because he's clearly not a bad player - he's just been badly managed. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Im a bit 5050 on the issue, but only because my knowledge of football goes a bit further than the "eeessss raaaaabish" pub talk. The short & Curlys of it is, I bet if you stick RVW back in the Lisbon side or Hooper for that matter (who seems to get away with being lazy 99% of the time because he has a goal ratio slightly better than RVW of 1 in 100) they'd be scoring for fun again. The reality of it all is they are fox in the box types plain and simple & at their previous clubs they were use to being the big dogs or at least one of the biggest sides in their league. Therefore they are going to be playing further up the pitch and create more chances in the penalty area. At NCFC being a lower half side we are nowhere near a level where we can push high enought to create the chances Hooper & RVW require. They effectively play out of their comfort zone 99% of the time. Anyone who saw half of RVW's goals in Portugal will tell you he will never score like that for City as we simply dont make the chances. Is this RVW's fault? Well if hes selected hes going to play and give it a go. thats all he can do. he knows he's a round peg in a square hole as much as us fans do. Its poor management from the club & the previous manager in signing him. A club like NCFC needs a natural target man.Obviously we couldn't afford him or his wages but someone similar to an Andy Carroll is required. Someone big enough & Strong enough to hold the ball up against 6ft + centre backs until support arrives. Unless we have players technically good enough to pass & create our way up the pitch its the only option. With midfields with the technical ability of Bradley Johnson we have no hope.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Neil----you are loosing the plot----that guy should never wear a Norwich shirt again----

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    superfan59

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Albert it is obvious not only politicians who like to grandstand..Saying less is sometimes more.

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    PaulH

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Yes he does deserve to be criticised! Appalling lack of commitment, no running into spaces, no attempt to win the ball. Not even sure if he broke into a sweat on Saturday. Someone on the coaching staff should tell Van Winklehoff that closing down an opponent with the ball requires more than trotting up to within 3 yards of him and then stopping. At some stage, to win the ball back, a tackle will have to be made. Van Winklehoff has had 25 appearances , 25 chances to demonstrate his value to the team and has come up short on 24 of those opportunities. How he dares to look angered when substituted after producing NOTHING again ,is testimony to how little he knows about contributing to a team effort. Get rid of him NOW if you can find anyone stupid or blind enough to accept him even on a free transfer.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Supporters need answers to the depressing lack of coordination and team play from the Norwich Players,running aroun like headless chickens !

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, April 28, 2014

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